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Easy Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

It’s that time of year when we gather around the table with family and friends. If a vegetarian is coming to your holiday dinner, don’t stress! There are plenty of easy and tasty vegetarian recipes to make and share. Here are a few of my favorite vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving recipes.

Cocktail Hour
Kentucky Mule Bourbon DrinkKentucky Mule Bourbon Drink
A no fuss, crowd-pleasing drink made with bourbon whiskey, ginger beer and fresh lime.

Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonic Very Good Gin and Tonic (VGG and T!)
Meyer lemon, pomegranate arils and better-than-basic tonic and gin make this simple drink very good.

Harissa Sweet Potato Hummus Harissa Sweet Potato Hummus
Chickpea hummus with roasted sweet potato, harissa and tahini.

Salads and Soup
Beet and Apple Salad Beet and Apple Salad
Arugula leaves topped with roasted beets, apple and hazelnuts.

Quinoa Kale Salad with Pomegranate Kale and Quinoa Salad
Tuscan kale, quinoa, sunflower seeds and pomegranate arils in a Meyer lemon dressing.

Vegan Pumpkin SoupFresh Pumpkin Soup
A rich, velvety soup made with fresh pumpkin, ras el hanout Moroccan seasoning and coconut milk.

Veggie Sides
Vegan Stuffed Peppers Vegan Stuffed Peppers
Forget tofu turkey! Vegan stuffed peppers make a delicious main dish or vegetable side. These beauties are filled with rice, greens and mushrooms in a light tamari-chile sauce.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash
A simple mix of Brussels sprouts and delicata squash, roasted until tender and browned.

Sweets
Vegan Oatmeal Apple Crisp Easy Vegan Apple Crisp
A vegan dessert that everyone will love! Tender spiced apples with a crispy, crumbly topping made with oats, almond flour, brown sugar and coconut oil.

Simple Pumpkin PieSimple Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie is my get-way-too-much-credit-because-it’s-actually-super-easy-to-make dessert. Enough said.

Happy Thanksgiving!
-Jen

Vegan Winter Vegetable Soup Recipe

Vegetarian Root Vegetable SoupThe best winter soups are healthy and hearty and warming like this vegan vegetable soup. It’s packed with veggies like sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots and mushrooms. Plus, the addition of spices like garam masala, turmeric and cayenne warms you down to your toes. Go on and cozy up with a bowl.

Vegan Winter Vegetable Soup Recipe
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 package (8- to 10-ounces) crimini mushrooms, sliced
3 big cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 cups water
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1/2 pound parsnips, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 pound carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or fine sea salt
2 teaspoons garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
Dash cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon tamari
Fresh cilantro or Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves

In a large (5-quart) pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes to soften, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; cook and stir 5 to 8 minutes until mushrooms cook down and release their juices. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute until fragrant.

Add water, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, tomatoes, salt, garam masala, cumin, turmeric and cayenne. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Stir in tamari. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Top individual servings with fresh cilantro or parsley.

Makes about 8 cups soup

Winter Vegetable SoupMore vegan soup recipes:
Vegan Pumpkin Soup
Vegan Mushroom Soup with Greens from Eating Clean Recipes

Pineapple-Avocado Kefir Smoothie Recipe

Kefir Hemp SmoothieLately I’ve been reaching for whole milk kefir when I make my breakfast smoothie. Kefir- a cultured milk- has a thick and creamy consistency and tangy flavor. It’s delicious blended in a smoothie with sweet pineapple and buttery avocado. A sprinkling of hemp seeds adds an extra hit of nutrition.

Pineapple-Avocado Kefir Smoothie Recipe
1 cup whole milk organic kefir
3/4 cup fresh or frozen, thawed pineapple chunks
1/2 a medium ripe Hass avocado, peeled and pitted
1 teaspoon hemp seeds

In a blender container combine kefir, pineapple, avocado and hemp seeds. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass. If desired, sprinkle with additional hemp seeds.

Makes 1 big smoothie (about 1 3/4 cups total)
Avocado Kefir SmoothieMore kefir smoothie recipes:
Banana-Almond Kefir Smoothie
Berry Kefir Smoothie from Eating Clean Recipes

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Sprouted Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe

SSprouted Breakfast QuinoaQuinoa is a staple in my kitchen. It’s such a versatile ingredient I use it in recipes from breakfast to dinner to dessert.

This winter I have been craving a healthy and substantial breakfast. Specifically, I have been craving this quinoa breakfast bowl. For ease, I cook a pot of quinoa over the weekend and serve it with meals throughout the week. (I’ve been making organic sprouted quinoa from TruRoots.) For breakfast, I treat the cooked quinoa as cereal, eating it cold with fruit, almond milk and toppings like hemp and cacao. If you prefer hot cereal, heat the quinoa before eating.

Sprouted Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe
1/2 cup cooked organic sprouted quinoa (cold or heated)
1/4 cup mango chunks (I used frozen, thawed mango)
1 teaspoon hemp seeds
1 teaspoon cacao nibs
2 to 4 tablespoons almond milk or coconut milk

Spoon cooked quinoa and mango chunks into a cereal bowl. Sprinkle with hemp seeds and cacao nibs. Add desired amount of almond milk or coconut milk.

Makes 1 breakfast bowl
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl More ways to eat quinoa for breakfast:
Seriously Super Cereal from My New Roots
Coconut Almond Quinoa Granola from Taste Love and Nourish
Quinoa Porridge with Salted Maple Almonds from My Little Larder
Almost Instant Breakfast Quinoa from Eating Clean Recipes